Below are daily writing prompts for the month of October. The majority of the prompts are related to the various events on our October Events Calendar. These events include birthdays, holidays, monthly celebrations, and important dates in history. Some of the dates include two different writing prompts to choose from. You can download a PDF form of the writing prompt.
Don't forget to also print a copy of our October Events Calendar. This will help you utilize the daily writing prompts.
We also have a bunch of other October Activities, Lesson Plans and Resources.
On this day in 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T. Explain what you think a car of the future may look like. PDF
October 2, 1950, the Peanuts comic was introduced to the world. Develop a comic strip of your own. Focusing on 2-3 characters, create your first strip. PDF
SOS was designated as the international distress code in 1906. This distress code is made using Morse code. Create your own type of code system that would allow you to share secret messages. PDF
On this day in 1957, Sputnik I, the first space vehicle was launched. Would you like to travel into space? If yes, explain what you would like to explore. If no, explain why you would want to keep yourself on earth. PDF
The founder of McDonald's was born on this day in 1902. There is always a lot of discussion surrounding the unhealthy aspects of fast food restaurants. Write a paragraph persuading someone not to eat fast food. PDF
On this day in 1889, Thomas Edison showed the 1st motion picture using a Kinetoscope he had invented. Some people may argue that this was one of the most important inventions in history. What do you think was the most important invention ever and why? PDF
In 1986, the rose became the U.S. National Flower. Do you think this was a good choice for our country? Would you have picked a different flower? Why? PDF
J. Frank Duryea, who was born on this day in 1869, with his brother Charles, built and operated the first automobile in the US. He also won America's first automobile race. If you could participate in any type of race what would it be and why? Would it be on land, in the water, in the air? PDF
On this day in 1876, the first two-way telephone conversation took place. If you could call anyone, who would it be and why? PDF
English chemist and physicist Henry Cavendish was born in England on this day in 1731. If you were a scientist today, what would you hope to discover? PDF
First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt was born on this day in 1884. She was quoted as saying: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” What do you think she meant by that? PDF
Today is "Columbus Day" in honor of explorer Christopher Columbus. Describe an area of Earth that you would like to explore and explain your reasons for wanting to explore that specific area. PDF
Today is National Farmer’s Day. What do you think is the most important crop grown by farmers? PDF
On this day in 1860, the first aerial photo in the US was taken from a balloon in Boston. What are the advantages or disadvantages to aerial photography? PDF
Dwight David Eisenhower, the 34th President, was born on this day in 1890. If you were asked to redesign the one dollar coin, who would you put on the coin and why? PDF
Today is "National Grouch Day." If someone around you is being a grouch, what are some ways that you could cheer them up and help them be in a better mood? PDF
DISCLAIMER: We have provided “suggested” grade levels for some of our writing daily prompts. These suggestions are made based on the content of the prompt, the interest level of the topic, or the level of background knowledge needed to have the most success possible with the prompt. Please remember that these are suggestions only and each prompt can be modified as needed by you, the teacher. Don’t hesitate to get creative and rework the prompt to best fit the age/needs of your students!
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